What does tough mean?

Definitions for tough
tʌftough

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word tough.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. street fighter, toughnoun

    someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing

  2. hood, hoodlum, goon, punk, thug, tough, toughie, strong-armernoun

    an aggressive and violent young criminal

  3. bully, tough, hooligan, ruffian, roughneck, rowdy, yob, yobo, yobboadjective

    a cruel and brutal fellow

  4. toughadjective

    not given to gentleness or sentimentality

    "a tough character"

  5. rugged, toughadjective

    very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution

    "a rugged competitive examination"; "the rugged conditions of frontier life"; "the competition was tough"; "it's a tough life"; "it was a tough job"

  6. tough, toughenedadjective

    physically toughened

    "the tough bottoms of his feet"

  7. sturdy, toughadjective

    substantially made or constructed

    "sturdy steel shelves"; "sturdy canvas"; "a tough all-weather fabric"; "some plastics are as tough as metal"

  8. ruffianly, toughadjective

    violent and lawless

    "the more ruffianly element"; "tough street gangs"

  9. bad, toughadjective

    feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad')

    "my throat feels bad"; "she felt bad all over"; "he was feeling tough after a restless night"

  10. toughadjective

    resistant to cutting or chewing

  11. hard, toughadjective

    unfortunate or hard to bear

    "had hard luck"; "a tough break"

  12. baffling, elusive, knotty, problematic, problematical, toughadjective

    making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe

    "a baffling problem"; "I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast"; "a problematic situation at home"

Wiktionary

  1. toughnoun

    A person who obtains things by force; a thug or bully.

    They were doing fine until they encountered a bunch of toughs from the opposition.

    Etymology: From toh, from tanhuz.

  2. toughverb

    To endure.

    Etymology: From toh, from tanhuz.

  3. toughverb

    To toughen.

    Etymology: From toh, from tanhuz.

  4. toughadjective

    strong and resilient; sturdy

    The tent, made of tough canvas, held up to many abuses.

    Etymology: From toh, from tanhuz.

  5. toughadjective

    difficult to cut or chew

    To soften a tough cut of meat, the recipe suggested simmering it for hours.

    Etymology: From toh, from tanhuz.

  6. toughadjective

    rugged or physically hardy

    Only a tough species will survive in the desert.

    Etymology: From toh, from tanhuz.

  7. toughadjective

    Stubborn.

    He had a reputation as a tough negotiator.

    Etymology: From toh, from tanhuz.

  8. toughadjective

    harsh or severe

    Etymology: From toh, from tanhuz.

  9. toughadjective

    rowdy or rough.

    A bunch of the tough boys from the wrong side of the tracks threatened him.

    Etymology: From toh, from tanhuz.

  10. toughadjective

    difficult or demanding

    This is a tough crowd.

    Etymology: From toh, from tanhuz.

  11. toughadjective

    Undergoing plastic deformation before breaking.

    Etymology: From toh, from tanhuz.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tough

    having the quality of flexibility without brittleness; yielding to force without breaking; capable of resisting great strain; as, the ligaments of animals are remarkably tough

  2. Tough

    not easily broken; able to endure hardship; firm; strong; as, tough sinews

  3. Tough

    not easily separated; viscous; clammy; tenacious; as, tough phlegm

  4. Tough

    stiff; rigid; not flexible; stubborn; as, a tough bow

  5. Tough

    severe; violent; as, a tough storm

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tough

    tuf, adj. not easily broken: firm: stiff, viscous, sticky: stubborn, hard to manage, trying: violent: tenacious: able to endure hardship.—n. a rough, a bully.—v.t. or v.i. Tough′en, to make or become tough.—adj. Tough′ish, rather tough.—adv. Tough′ly.—n. Tough′ness. [A.S. tóh; cog. with Ger. zähe.]

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tough' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3162

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tough' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2971

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tough' in Adjectives Frequency: #328

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tough in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tough in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of tough in a Sentence

  1. Alex Cora:

    I'm proud to be here, i'm proud representing not only all the Puerto Ricans that live in the island, but Puerto Ricans all around the world. We know what happened last year. It was a tough one.

  2. Paul Coulibaly:

    In the north there is such poverty, the environment is so tough, that when the jihadists come they find it easy to get followers, even if they (fighters) don't bring money - just food - they will find allies if they can feed people.

  3. Washington Times columnist Charles Hurt:

    Nancy Pelosi got booed this morning at a California delegation, event, Bernie Sanders can't even get through a speech endorsing Hillary Clinton without getting booed, it’s very, very tough for Hillary Clinton I think.

  4. Darin Anderson:

    It is tough to rotate out of soybeans because what else are you going to plant?

  5. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine:

    And, in what can sometimes be a tough business, Mike Oxley was genuinely liked by people on both sides of the aisle.

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